Olathe Public Schools Hosts Air Force Association CyberPatriots Camp

July 27, 2017 ~ The Olathe Public Schools is excited to host an Air Force Association (AFA) CyberPatriots Camp for middle school and high school students, one of only two CyberCamp locations in the state of Kansas. This program was made possible by a generous grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.

During the week-long program, campers learn about cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. The camp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of information technology (IT) administrators tasked with finding and addressing cyber security vulnerabilities in simulated network environments.

The camp is led by Olathe Northwest High School science teacher Gina Riegert and a dozen students from the school's CyberPatriots club. Eighty students have signed up to be campers.

Two Olathe Northwest students, Jerald Bishop and Jessica Whyrick, wrote the grant application that funded the program. In their grant, they cited a number of compelling facts:

  • Cybercrime costs the global economy up to $575 billion annually.
  • There were 1 million cyber security job openings in 2016.
  • More than 200,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years.